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THE OSCARS® (article first published : 2008-02-23)

After the Golden Globe Awards Ceremony was cancelled earlier this year, everybody wondered whether the stars would come out for the Oscars®. But luckily the writer’s strike is something of the past and Hollywood’s A-listers are getting ready for the 80th Annual Academy Awards®.

The glitzy event will be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Californina, on M-Net Movies 1, DStv Channel 150, on February 25 at 03h00. Those who don’t want to get up in the wee hours of the morning can watch the ceremony on Monday evening at 19h00 on M-Net.

This year’s event will be hosted by comedian Jon Stewart and among the confirmed presenters and performers are Alan Arkin, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Patrick Dempsey, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Queen Latifah, John Travolta and Denzel Washington.

The following films received the most nominations this year: There Will Be Blood (8), No Country for Old Men (8), Atonement (7), Michael Clayton (7) and Ratatouille (5). The coveted award in the category “Best motion picture of the year” could go to Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men or There Will Be Blood.

George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah) and Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) are battling it out in the category “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

The following ladies will be holding their breath when the winner is read in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away From Her), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Laura Linney (The Savages) and Ellen Page (Juno).

For behind-the-scenes clips about the Academy Awards, movie lovers can go M-Net’s website (www.mnet.co.za)




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